The choice of a garden shed is crucial if you want it to fulfil your requirements and also, importantly, last a long time. By selecting the best place in your garden you can utilise the shed to the full and you can also incorporate your new shed into the general design of your garden. So the most important thing is to decide what you are going to use your shed before buying.
Is it going to be for storage, or used as a garden workshop or for growing plants and flowers? Alternatively, if you wish to use it as a recreation room then again you need to consider which shed will meet your needs.
A storage shed doesn’t have to be extra tall unless you have some large cupboards to put into it. Whereas a garden workshop needs to be tall enough inside so you don’t have to crouch inside. This will rule out the many cheap shed ranges which are available as these tend to be made for midgets. The option of double doors is a good one to consider as would extra and, or, opening windows.
If you are going to use your garden shed for growing plants, flowers or fruit then you need to consider a dedicated potting shed or garden shed and greenhouse combination. This will provide extra windows which will aid growth. Most of these type of sheds will include a slatted bench which will allow you to plant out seedlings and the also a stable door to aid airflow.
A garden shed or building which you intend to use for a recreation room should, again, have good height inside so that you don’t have to bang your head. Opening windows would be essential so fresh air can flow in. Also, the option to line and insulate the building should be strongly considered as the building can get hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The insulation will help to alleviate this.
You need to ensure that the building is made from good quality timber, ideally, redwood deal and not white wood as white wood can be prone to splitting and also for knotholes dropping out. Always aim for T&G (tongue and grooved) timber as this will always be stronger than overlapping boards such as featheredge or square edge boards. Ensure the thickness of the framing (effectively the skeleton of the shed) is at least 2” x 2”. You will find that (surprisingly) the cheap shed makers think that 1” x 1” is sufficient. It is NOT.
Most importantly ensure that the garden sheds you are considering do not use chipboard or OSB boards for the roofs or floors. These are NOT suitable materials for outdoor use because as soon as they get wet they will swell and disintegrate. You will find besides these cheap materials used by the cheap shed makers the felt on the roof is likely to be thin inferior grade as well. Be very careful and ensure you understand what you might end up with.
As there are many cheap sheds on the market ALWAYS try to view your intended purchase so you can how well it is put together as this will give you a good idea of the ethos of the company involved. If you don’t get this opportunity be very careful as it is very hard to return a shed after it has been delivered. Reputable garden shed companies offer the option to view their range of products before buying. Take a look at these displays to give you an idea of what you can buy.
By following these simple guidelines you can ensure that the shed you buy will meet your expectations. If the shed is a cheap mass produced shed made down to a price be careful. It may last for a few years but by considering a well-made garden shed from a shed maker using quality and suitable materials you will nearly always have a better value shed in your garden. This will save the hassle of looking for a new shed in the next few years.